Music industry veterans from artist management firms Seven20 and AYITA have teamed up to establish The Circuit Group to acquire a 50% stake in artists’ IP portfolios.
Founded by Dean and Jessica Wilson of Seven20, and Brett Fischer, David Gray, and Harvey Tadman of AYITA, The Circuit Group also aims to collaborate with artists to forge opportunities in various verticals within the music industry, alongside conventional artist management.
“The engine at the center of everything in the music business is the song,” said Dean Wilson, CEO and Co-founder of The Circuit Group and longtime manager of deadmau5.
“At The Circuit Group, we are building a network of businesses around IP, putting artists’ creativity at the center and engaging and sustaining them over the long term. This ensures that artists continue to share in every revenue stream available to them and ultimately gives them more control over their destinies than traditional business models have offered them.”
“At The Circuit Group, we are building a network of businesses around IP, putting artists’ creativity at the center and engaging and sustaining them over the long term.”
Dean Wilson, The Circuit Group
The Circuit Group says it will initially make acquisitions of up to 50% of an artist’s song catalog, providing immediate revenue for artists and ensuring that they are incentivized to work alongside the company in exploring more opportunities surrounding their IP.
According to The Circuit Group, through this “IP-centric approach”, it will invest in or forge strategic alliances with other entities to maximize the potential of artists’ songs in recorded music, publishing, merchandise, brand partnerships, gaming, events, Web3, new music technologies, and more.
The Circuit Group collectively manages master and publishing rights to over 3,000 songs, accumulating more than 5 billion combined streams and receiving 7 Grammy nominations. The roster includes prominent names like Chris Lake, deadmau5, FISHER, HoneyLuv, NERO, and Ninajirachi.
In September 2021, The Circuit Group founders Brett Fischer, David Gray and Harvey Tadman joined the management team of Carl Stubner’s Shelter Music Group after the latter expanded their partnership with AYITA internationally.
“What’s being built at Circuit is exciting because we get to really push the limits on each artist’s business and get them the credit they deserve.”
Brett Fischer, The Circuit Group
Brett Fischer said: “I’ve worked with artists for nearly 20 years. What’s being built at Circuit is exciting because we get to really push the limits on each artist’s business and get them the credit they deserve. The company’s mission is excellent. It gives us managers more information to make the right moves while building these brands with a long term goal in mind.”
Meanwhile, Seven20’s Dean Wilson became part of the Recording Academy’s diversity task force in 2018, joining other industry veterans from ATO Records, Universal Music Group, ASCAP and Sony Music Entertainment, among others.
The Circuit Group operates from offices in Los Angeles, Miami, and London.
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